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Peterson Tapped to Head Scripps Stations

Bill Peterson, vice president and general manager of Scripps-Howard Broadcasting’s WPTV(TV) West Palm Beach, Fla., has been named VP, station operations, replacing John Lansing atop the company’s 10 TV stations.

Lansing, who had headed the group since 2000, was named executive VP for Scripps Networks, parent of Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do It Yourself and Fine Living.

Brian Lawlor, currently general sales manager at Scripps’ WCPO-TV Cincinnati, replaces Peterson atop WPTV.

Peterson has been with the company only since 2001. Before that, he was VP and general manager at WRAL-TV for two years and, for 10 years before that, was president and general manager of WPEC-TV West Palm Beach. He began his broadcast career on the news side as a photographer and later news director at WSPD-TV (since changed to WTVG-TV) Toledo.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.